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Nielson to be hired as USD football coach

VERMILLION -- The University of South Dakota will introduce the reigning coach of the year in the Missouri Valley Football Conference as its new head coach at a press conference 1 p.m. today at the Muenster University Center in Vermillion.

VERMILLION - The University of South Dakota will introduce the reigning coach of the year in the Missouri Valley Football Conference as its new head coach at a press conference 1 p.m. today at the Muenster University Center in Vermillion.

Western Illinois coach Bob Nielson will succeed Joe Glenn, who retired from USD after four seasons.

The 56-year-old Nielson was named MVFC coach of the year in late November after leading Western Illinois to a 7-6 record and to the second round of the FCS playoffs. It was the first playoff appearance for the Leathernecks since 2010.

Nielson has compiled a 186-80-1 record in 23 seasons as a head coach. He's been at Western Illinois the last three seasons. Before that he coached Ripon College, Wartburg College, Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Minnesota Duluth. He led Minnesota Duluth to NCAA Division II national championships in 2008 and 2010, and he was voted Division II coach of the year following both seasons.

Nielson grew up in Marion, Iowa, and is a 1982 graduate of Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. He received his master's degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1988.

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The Coyotes finished 5-6 in the Missouri Valley in 2015, which was the team's most wins since 2011.

This year, Nielson was being paid $206,892 in base annual salary to coach at Western Illinois. USD was paying Glenn $145,010 for the 2015 season.

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